• CMS End of Year Communication

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 6/7/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Yearbooks On Sale Monday Morning 

    Did you forget to purchase a yearbook this year?  We will have a limited number of extra yearbooks for sale on Monday, June 8th from 9-11am ONLY outside the cafeteria.  Yearbooks will be sold in drive-up fashion.  The yearbooks will be $40 CASH.  We will not be able to hold or take orders over the phone.  In person sales only, first come, first served. 


    Last Chance for Exchange of School/Personal Items

    The last opportunity to conveniently exchange school and personal items will take place Monday morning from 9-11 AM.  We have over 50 bags of unclaimed PE Locker items, around 30 yearbooks, art projects, and a few other things we’d like to give back.  We also need to collect all 8th grade chromebooks and any loaner of damaged chromebooks from 6th/7th grade students, as well as, all textbooks and library books. If you did not come through our drive through exchange last week, please plan to do so on Monday!


    Good evening CMS Families,

    I hope that you’ve enjoyed the first weekend of summer break!

    Once again, I’d like to offer my congratulations to everyone for completion of the school year with a special farewell to our outstanding 8th grade class.  We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with all our students this year and, despite the shortened, in-person, school year, we accomplished quite a bit prior to school closure.  Our 6th grade students participated in the Building A Connection program at the beginning of the year and quickly jumped into after school activities including our sports programs, drama, and attended their first all-school dances.  Our 7th grade students participated in our best ever MBOE (Monterey Bay Outdoor Education) program visiting Hastings Preserve and Research Facility deep in Carmel Valley, climbing to Inspiration Point in Palo Corona Regional Park, and engaging in some fun, scientific studies down on Carmel Beach.  The 8th Grade class began the year in banner fashion, participating in an awesome Ohana Day, attending Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater and exploring caves in Lava Beds National Monument.  Despite the shortened year, this amazing list of experiences reminds me of how lucky we are to live and work in Carmel Unified and helps me maintain a positive perspective despite the loss of some wonderful end of year opportunities.  Overall, we had an amazing ⅔ of the school year and in that short time, our students were able to participate in many incredible opportunities that will provide them with some of the best memories of their lives.  Thank you once again for allowing us to share in this experience with all your children!

    On to next year! 

    At this point, we still don’t know exactly what will happen and the news seems to change daily.  As you know, there is talk that schools will reopen, but, as of now, we have little guidance on the parameters that will guide reopening.  You are also likely aware that the state has asked us to consider and plan for three different scenarios; a full reopening, a return to online/remote learning, or a hybrid model that blends physical reopening and remote learning.  Our summer work will be heavily focused on the development of these models with specific focus on the model recommended by the CDE and local health officials as we move toward reopening.  Throughout the summer we’ll keep you posted on progress and updates as needed and we’ll also be looking for feedback and input once a sense of direction is established.  We’ve learned a great deal during this remote learning session and if it is recommended that we start in anything but a traditional reopening I can promise that our program will be a stronger, more unified approach with a sharpened focus on maintaining personal connections.  Again, we thank you for your support throughout this challenging time and we look forward to working with you as we move into the future.  


    8th Grade Virtual Promotion

    Our virtual promotion was very well received and we want to thank you for the kind, positive feedback and understanding. To be honest, pulling off the virtual ceremony ended up being a lot more work than running the traditional ceremony as there were so many moving parts, videos to record and edit, and then links and technology to deal with.  We hope that the program felt personal and meaningful and that you were able to enjoy it with family and friends.  Some of my favorite feedback included families with relatives from distant places who would not have been able to attend an in-person ceremony this year.  The online format allowed them to access the promotion program and watch along with their loved ones from miles away and I’ve heard a few reports about how special that experience was for families.  I’m glad there were some unforeseen benefits to the program. Thank you once again for your support of the virtual promotion program!

    We only released the link to our 8th grade families as we wanted to ensure that our server would not be overloaded with the burst of traffic expected at 5:00 on Thursday.  Now, with that window out of the way, I’d like to provide the link for our entire student body just in case you’d like to see it.  To watch any portion of the virtual 8th grade program, follow this link:

    CMS 8th Grade Virtual Promotion 

    8th Grade Yard Signs

    8th Graders… the yard signs are yours to keep!  Please come back to CMS one final time and pick up your yard sign to place in your own yard, hang in your room, or frame for your living room!  Yard signs should be collected no later than Wednesday afternoon.  Thank you PTO for the generous gift!

    8th Grade PTO Gift

    In case you missed it during the virtual promotion program, our PTO has generously deposited $50 into  every CMS 8th Grade Student’s CHS ASB account.  These funds can be used on CHS Spirit Wear and students can purchase sweatshirts, hats, t-shirts… basically whatever they want.  The $50 credit will be applied to all accounts, no gift certificate, proof of being a CMS student, etc. is necessary.  Thanks again PTO for this wonderful parting gift to our fantastic 8th grade class!

    Signing Off

    Once again, on behalf of our entire staff, thank you for another wonderful school year.  We'll certainly never forget the 2019-20 school year, but I hope when we look back on the year we don't focus on school closure.  Instead, I hope we remember all the fun we had in person, together.  For students moving on, we'll miss you!  For students returning to CMS, we can't wait to try this again next year!  Have a fantastic summer filled with love, laughter, and adventure.  We'll see you again in early August!  

    As always, if there is anything you need, please reach out to me at dmorgan@carmelunified.org.  

    With warm regards,

    Dan Morgan

    Principal; Carmel Middle School

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  • Friday, May 29,2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/29/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Good evening CMS Families and Happy Friday!

    Congratulations on the completion of the 2019-20 school year!  

    As I mentioned in an earlier communication, no new curriculum will be delivered in the final week of school.  With that in mind, if your child has any missing assignments that are negatively impacting their academic performance, please make sure they use this final week to complete missing work, check in with teachers, and get caught up.  There’s one week left to make a final push!

    As a reminder our grading policy for the final trimester can be found by following the link below.

    CMS Grading Information Guide

    The Week Ahead

    The upcoming week at CMS will be a busy one.  We have scheduled drop off days by grade level for the exchange of school and personal items.

    Please follow this link for complete instructions on the drop off/pick up process, grade level dates/times, and materials to be exchanged.

    CMS End of Year Information and Procedures


    Independent Study Packets

    If your student completed independent study packets during the shelter in place, please plan to bring the completed work to CMS on the day designated for grade level drop off.  Work should be placed in an envelope with your student’s name and grade level.  Please make sure all work has your student’s name written on it so teachers can provide credit for work completion.  Please let us know if you have any questions. 

    8th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony

    The 8th grade virtual promotion ceremony will be released at 5 PM on Thursday, June 4th.  The ceremony will feature links to each portion of the program allowing students and families the opportunity to select which sections of the ceremony they would like to view.  Included in our promotion ceremony will be our 8th grade awards program.  Teachers are making personalized videos detailing the achievements of selected student award winners.  Student award links will be posted on the menu of options allowing all students the opportunity to select and view different awards.  

    6th and 7th Grade End of Year Teacher Tribute Videos

    On Friday, June 5th, we’ll release links to a number of End of Year Tribute Videos and messages from our teachers to 6th and 7th grade students.  We hope that you enjoy the messages teachers have produced and many of them speak to how much we’ve missed working with students in the traditional setting.  

    Changing of the Guard in PTO 

    Last night the CMS PTO hosted the final PTO meeting of the year on Zoom.  For two of our members, it was their final PTO meeting after several years of service.  I’d like to thank Eva Gudbergsdottir and Angie Sullivan for their years of service to CMS, the PTO, and our students.  Both ladies have served in a variety of roles while their children passed through our school and this year marks the end of that run for both of them.  We are forever grateful for their wonderful contributions to the outstanding programs and opportunities provided to our students through PTO fundraising.  In addition, I’d like to thank Holly Temple, Alicia Tao, and April Hess, all parents of 8th grade students who also served on the PTO over the past several years, helping us build exceptional opportunities for all students.  Thank you all for the generous donation of your time and energy. CMS would not be the school it is without your endless support!

    A new PTO board is now in place with the following volunteers agreeing to take on leadership roles.  

    Lovina Worick - PTO President

    Jennifer Leighton - Vice-President

    Sarah Norbraten - Secretary

    Randal Frederick - Treasurer

    Both Lovina and Jennifer have already spent significant time with the PTO and we’re thrilled that they’ve stepped into these leadership positions.  In addition, we’d like to welcome Sarah and Randall to the PTO Board!  Finally, I’d like to thank all our new board members for the time and energy they’ll be putting in during the upcoming months!  Thank you so much for taking on these important roles!

    As a final note, PTO is still looking for two additional volunteers.  We need to recruit a Director of Communications and a Serve A Thon Coordinator.  Each of these roles is critical to our collective success.  Interested parties can respond directly to this email and I’ll get you in touch with the members of our board.  


    Did you forget to purchase a yearbook? 

     We will have a limited number of extra yearbooks for sale on Monday, June 8th from 9-11am ONLY in the cafeteria.  The yearbooks will be $40 CASH.  We will not be able to hold or take orders over the phone and, in fairness to everyone, sales are completed on a first come, first served, in-person only basis.  


    Attack of the Zumitrons

    During the shelter in place, many students have found new ways to have some fun.  In this case, a handful of students from our Drama class got together to create a movie using Zoom.  It’s a fun little film with some excellent performances, funny special effects, and bloopers at the end.  Here’s the link if you’d like to watch!  https://www.wevideo.com/view/1720059315


    What’s Happening Next Year?

    This seems to be the million dollar question.  The best answer I can give is that it is far too early to tell.  We continue to monitor the news, guidance from public health officials and the California Department of Education, and, as a district, we continue to engage in discussions based on a variety of scenarios.  We anticipate learning more during the summer months and will move forward with an educational plan that meets whatever requirements exist while focusing on continued improvement in our platform, delivery and curriculum.  We appreciate your ongoing patience and support in this matter.  

    Thank you for hanging in there with us this year.  It’s been interesting!  

    We hope to see you all as you drive through our pick up lines next week!

    With warm regards,

    Dan Morgan

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  • Friday, May 22,2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/22/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Good evening CMS Families,

    This week's letter is all about preparing for the end of the school year.  Please follow this link to learn about our end of year procedures:

    CMS End of Year Information and Procedures

    Thank you and enjoy the three day weekend!

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  • Friday, May 15, 2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/15/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday CMS Families!


    Another week has come and gone and at this point they all sort of feel like they’re blending together.  This week has been busy as we continue to move toward the end of the year while working to invent new ways to exchange items safely, create end of year celebrations, and wrap our heads around what next year may bring.  Read on for more.  


    Rube Goldberg Extension


    Mr. Ishler is extending the deadline for submission of Rube Goldberg projects to this Sunday at Midnight.  He’s hoping a few more people take the weekend to build an amazing chain reaction leading to the dispensing of soap so if you haven’t joined in the fun, please follow this link to learn more about the Rube Goldberg Machine Engineering Challenge.


    Virtual Promotion Planned for Thursday, June 4th


    We have now committed to engaging in a virtual ceremony for our 8th grade promotion this year and we’ve already started our work on the video production and various components.  While we’ll miss the live ceremony we feel good about what we’re putting together and we hope that the program will provide an element of much needed, timely closure and appropriate celebration of students.  We’ll keep you posted on developments as we build!


    Return of School Materials/Collection of Personal Items


    We’ve continued to work on a logistical plan to facilitate the return of school materials and the collection of personal items sitting in lockers.  By next Friday we’ll have that plan in place and will be sending out specific communication detailing the process, times, dates, and details.  Thank you for your continued patience as we piece this together. 


    What’s Happening Next Year


    Districts throughout the state have been tasked with examining a three-pronged approach to opening school next year.  The options we’re planning for include: 1. Regular Opening  2.  Remote Learning  3.  Hybrid Program featuring some Remote Learning and some in-school sessions for smaller groups.  We will continue to monitor information dispersed by public health officials and plan accordingly, however, please keep your eyes open for opportunities to contribute to district conversations about how we can effectively support the needs of all students moving forward.  


    That’s all for now.  As always, please reach out to teachers, counselors, and school administration if you are facing any challenges or have any concerns.  We’re here to help!


    Stay safe and healthy!

    Learning grids for next week will be posted Sunday evening. 

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